Thursday, March 06, 2008


On the prospects of a Clinton-Obama "unity" ticket:
Hillary Rodham Clinton, fresh off a campaign saving comeback, hinted Wednesday at the possibility of sharing the Democratic presidential ticket with Barack Obama — with her at the top. Obama played down his losses, stressing that he still holds the lead in number of delegates, and referred to talk of a joint ticket as "premature."
"Premature" is not, we think, the term Mr. Obama was looking for. In light of today's pronouncements by Sen. Clinton, we would have gone with "clinically insane":
“I think that since we now know Sen. McCain will be the nominee for the Republican Party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that. And I think it’s imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold,” the New York senator told reporters crowded into an infant’s bedroom-sized hotel conference room in Washington.

“I believe that I’ve done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and you’ll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy,” she said.

Calling McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee a good friend and a “distinguished man with a great history of service to our country,” Clinton said, “Both of us will be on that stage having crossed that threshold."
Question: why is Ms. Clinton bothering to offer Mr. Obama the #2 slot on the Democratic ticket when she herself is so plainly angling for the #2 slot on the GOP ticket? -- and probably breaking poor Joe Lieberman's heart in the process?

We have hitherto refrained from endorsing either candidate. As we are only too happy to confess, we harbor deep reservations about Ms. Clinton and about Barack Obama as well; until tonight we have been content to watch, from our neutral corner, as they slug it out between themselves, for we are Democrats of long standing, and therefore quite accustomed to holding our noses as we vote. We fear, however, that we cannot pinch our nostrils tightly enough to block out the stink of Ms. Clinton's latest perfidy. Let us put it as charitably as we can: we know that ambition drives people to do and say desperate, contemptible things, but if Ms. Clinton is willing to suggest, in her most frivolous moment, that she would prefer to see ANY Democrat lose the presidency to John McCain, then she does not have the best interests of her constituency or her country at heart, and she is manifestly unfit to be the Democratic nominee.

Let us be done with her.

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